Early Colonial, fledging colonies gaining foothold
Mid-Colonial, colonies becoming stable, growth and increasing diversity cause social tension in formerly more homogenous colonies, hunger for land causes ongoing conflict with native tribes
Late Colonial, colonies becoming developed and prosperous, enjoying large degree of autonomy and self-sufficiency during period of "Salutary Neglect," England preoccupied with European war and competition
French & Indian War begins
End of French & Indian War, end of "Salutary Neglect," "Road to Revolution" begins
"Road to Revolution" continues, Revolutionary War
(Articles of) Confederation Period, Constitution written
Federal Period; 1st decade w/ Constitution & Federalist Party in power (Hamilton-Jefferson arguments), etc.
Jeffersonian Period, Louisiana Purchase, Lewis & Clark, problems with Britain and France, Marbury v. Madison / Marshall Court era begins
War of 1812, "Era of Good Feelings" begins
"Era of Good Feelings" ends, Jacksonian Era begins
Jacksonian Era; also themes of westward expansion, industrialization, reform movements, and immigration begin
"Manifest Destiny," westward expansion, industrialization, reform movements, immigration continue as dominant themes of this decade
Civil War, beginning of Reconstruction
Reconstruction / end of Reconstruction / beginning of "Gilded Age"
Gilded Age; industrialization
Gilded Age; industrialization, American Imperialism, international influence increases
Progressive Era begins
Progressive Era continues, WWI, Treaty of Versailles controversy
"Roaring 20s" - Progressive Era has ended, conservative themes gain dominance, culture clash between new ideas and traditional values is evident, booming economy and stock market, stock market crash in 1929
The Great Depression and FDR's "New Deal" legislative agenda
WWII, beginning of the Cold War
Cold War at its height, Brown v. Board of Ed., beginning of the Civil Rights movement, conservative politics (Eisenhower, McCarthy, etc.)
Cold War continues, Vietnam, LBJ's "Great Society," Civil Rights movement peaking, Nixon's 1st election
Nixon/Watergate, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter; Vietnam pull-out, "stagflation"
Reagan - Cold War anti-communism, military spending, national debt, Iran-Contra affair, Berlin Wall Falls, Cold War ending
Soviet Union breaks apart, Cold War ends, "Operation Desert Storm" - Persian Gulf War (George H.W. Bush) against Iraq / Saddam Hussein
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